KINGWOOD — A woman on her way to teach school has been charged with being more than four times over the legal limit to drive.
Samantha Shelton Lojewski, 29, of Morgantown, is charged with DUI, reckless driving and obstructing an officer. She was arraigned by Preston Magistrate Eugene Jenkins and freed on $1,500 bond.
Preston School Superintendent Steve Wotring said Wednesday “She’s no longer with us.” Lojewski was on the agenda at Monday’s Preston County Board of Education meeting to be hired. He would not comment further.
According to a criminal complaint by State Police Trooper A.L. Barnette, about 9:41 a.m. Tuesday, someone called Preston 911 regarding a reckless driver eastbound on W.Va. 7.
The caller said a tan Buick LeSabre crossed the center line several times and ran off the road several times. “Additionally, the caller advised that the vehicle traveled entirely off of the roadway and around a billboard sign.”
Trooper Barnette said he found the car on South Price Street in Kingwood and stopped it on Brown Avenue, adjacent to Kingwood Elementary. There was mud and grass on all four wheels.
“The defendant advised that she was driving to Kingwood Elementary, where she works as a school teacher,” according to the complaint. Her speech was slurred, her breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage, she was “very drowsy” and failed three standardized field sobriety tests.
Lojewski refused to provide a breath sample for the Alco-Senser PT the first time she was asked, Barnette said in the complaint. She resisted arrest when he tried to handcuff her.
She later failed a breath test, and after a 20-minute wait, “provided a sufficient sample to the Intoxometer ECIR II, which registered a result of .344 blood alcohol content.”
The legal limit to drive in West Virginia is .08.